Glen Ridge HS Student Threatened to Bring Weapon to School

Glen Ridge High School principal Dirk Phillips sent the following email to parents earlier today:

This morning it was brought to the administration’s attention that a student, via text message to another student, threatened to bring a weapon into the school building. Upon being made aware of this information, the parents of the student and the local police were immediately notified. The school and police followed proper protocol and no weapon was found on the student or on school grounds.

The student has been removed from the building. The police and the school are confident that the building remains a safe environment for every student and staff member. The students were not officially informed of this incident but we fully expect that by the end of the school day a large portion of the students will have received some information about the incident.

Incidents similar to this may raise a child’s anxiety. Please know that our guidance counselors are always available to assist the students. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of this letter.

Glen Ridge High School will continue to offer programs that promote a positive school climate and work in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Police Department to ensure a safe building. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. Georgette posted it on BKids with a link to the budget and everything. (Go GG!)

    I have trouble with the Mandarin program. As far as I know, all of the other elementary schools use computer-based instruction for foreign languages.

  2. Yeah and 4:22pm.

    It’s an important topic and it’s relegated to the kid’s site. So it’ will drop off the little picture menu on Baristanet in an hour, vanish from the comment box and die the usual Baristakid death (sorry, Georgette).

  3. “The Mandarin program is made possible by a grant that the head teacher, Mrs. Vickie Chang applied for and received. ”

    The program WAS made possible by the grant, now over and done with. And so should the program be.

  4. You obviously have no problems posting on BKids, ROC. The “why don’t they just liquify all solid food” peanut allergy thread comes to mind. So, get your cute little cracked mug over there and enlighten us on all the ways our money is being wasted!

  5. Also $307,000 for a computer room at Mt. Hebron? We could buy each and every student an Ipad (at full retail value) and have $18,000 left over.

  6. ROC,

    Barista Kids is not the “kiddie table” on Thanksgiving.

    News items don’t get “relegated” to our site. We cover topics that deal with babies through high school, and that includes education topics. We offer our over 40,000 unique visitors a month comprehensive guides, resources, news, and discussion.

  7. And the grant of 1.4 million for the Mandarin program was awarded in 2010 as a FIVE year program as explained on the district’s website:

    “The first grant of $253,000 has been awarded to the Montclair Board of Education for the 2010-11school year. The rest of the award will be provided in annual grants over the following four school years” If oyu look at the budget breakdown I posted on Barista Kids, you will see that it says “$213,315 Loss of Grant” for the Mandarin Teachers

  8. What could “Loss of Grant” possibly mean other than the grant, was, you know, lost?

  9. $213,315 for 0.8 (part time) teacher? I’m sorry, but whatever the status of the “Loss of grant” grant is, NO teacher, let alone a part time one should be paid $213k.

  10. I wouldn’t be too upset over the $18,000, ROC.
    That’s 0047.778465 cents squandered
    for each and every man, woman and child in Montclair.
    Darn, I could swap a small coffee for a large one at Watchung Plaza for that massive sum. And my caffeine buzz would last a whole hour more.

  11. When I read comments on this site about school budgets, I often think, “Wow, there are a lot of people out there who would rather save money than raise children who get a well-rounded education.” Oh, well. It’s not like we allow public-school students to run anything anyway!

  12. “The first grant of $253,000 has been awarded to the Montclair Board of Education for the 2010-11school year. The rest of the award will be provided in annual grants over the following four school years” If oyu look at the budget breakdown I posted on Barista Kids, you will see that it says “$213,315 Loss of Grant” for the Mandarin Teachers”

    How much is the second year’s allotment, Georgette? I’m guessing it’s $213k shy of what is needed to run the program.

  13. We’re adding 12.8 new positions, when enrollment is flat (or actually a bit smaller if I’m not mistaken) adding $828k in salaries.

    $307,000 for a computer buys 300 computers!

    Educating children is one thing, waste another.

  14. The cup of coffee analogy is exactly what got “us” into the pickle we are in. For years they have been saying “it will just equate to a cup a coffee .. etc” and the next thing you know you are paying $20,000 in property taxes.

  15. I thought I was on the wrong thread! Thanks to RoC & you all for hi-jacking this thread. I guess the whole world revolves around Montclair.

  16. Fair enough, ROC. But I was mostly referring to the comments regarding Mandarin classes. Okay, so the grant expired. That doesn’t mean the program is not worthwhile.

  17. ” That doesn’t mean the program is not worthwhile.”

    Sure it might be worthwhile. A swimming pool in my back yard would be considered worthwhile.

    Does not $213,315 in salary for not even a full time position give you pause? Doesn’t it raise questions? The high school is 5 years running, not making adequate progress in such esoteric subject as mathematics and reading and we have $213,315 for a part time Mandarin teacher?

    We were sold a bill of goods as we almost always are. “this is paid for by a grant and no cost to us” and then in year 2 we have to come up with $213,315.

    It’s BS. Some KNEW we’d have to end up funding this and they weren’t honest about it. They know once it’s started people will scream and holler if it’s cut.

  18. RoC,
    I certainly hope a few people KNEW. If not, “then it is the end of education as we know it.”

  19. Put it this way. Say you can’t afford cable tv. And they say they’ll give you 6 months free. And after that you know you’ll have to unplug it. Do you want the kids getting used to it? Will it be harder to remove once it’s in place? SURE it will be, that’s why they’re giving you a “free” trial…

  20. Sure it might be worthwhile. A swimming pool in my back yard would be considered worthwhile.

    I think the comparison between public entities and families pretty tired at this point. We’re not talking about a swimming pool in your backyard, we’re talking about educating thousands of students in an 11-school district. The school district, and the federal government for that matter, are not akin to a husband and wife sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out what they can and cannot afford.

    And, yes, spending $200K+ for less than one teacher does give me pause. But saying we can’t afford a school budget that’s both under cap AND doesn’t raise taxes is just silly.

  21. How did a thread about a Glen Ridge student threatening to bring a weapon to school – especially considering recent events – become about the Montclair BoE budget?

    I guess the priorities of many have been made clear. Cut unique and forward-thinking programs in Montclair to save some cash (when the BoE has the money, btw) and ignore a safety issue NOW in Glen Ridge.

    Had the same headline read “Montclair HS student threatened to Bring Weapon to School” I’m sure we would have heard an earful about how it’s probably the Montclair schools who are at fault for not doing enough with less.

  22. Kristin….Unfortunately, it’s Montclair ubber alles. RoC should be banned for a week and made to repair his cracked cup.
    Other towns need not post anymore, your threads will only be hi jacked by the bitter citizens of Monte Claira. They can get no justice from their town fathers.

  23. The post above is barely news. A kid threatened to do something he might not have actually done. End of story. Not really much to get in a lather about.

  24. How did a thread about a Glen Ridge student threatening to bring a weapon to school – especially considering recent events – become about the Montclair BoE budget?

    ROC

  25. Get this, Patch is publishing links to the candidates answers to questions drafted by Africk and Jon Bonesteel. But the problem is that in order to see them you have to be a Watercooler member. Can you believe that? Why would a supposed journalist participate in promoting information her readers can’t access?

    Are the candidates afraid to post answers out here in the public? Will they only engage in dialogue with voters behind the protection of moderators? Do we really need Jon Bonesteel and the Watercooler to act as gatekeeper for the public to access candidates?

  26. Kudos to the GR public school system for informing people about the situation. A recent article in the Times reported that the venerable & prestigious Fieldston didn’t do as well with its own good-kid-gone-bad event…

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